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chasiubowNorth VanSince January 18, 2006675 Reviews
Average Rating
3 (3)
  • Food3 (3.1)
  • Service3 (2.9)
  • Value3 (2.9)
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Congee Noodle King3313 Kingsway, Vancouver
Happy Belly
Submitted Friday, November 2, 2007 - 9:58am [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were taking a friend out for a mid-week meal and the HK girls both craved a trip to CNK. I hadn’t been before and I was looking forward to some congee. The restaurant is a lot like other Chinese places, very simple decoration, tile floor, noisy, etc. You’ve probably been to a thousand restaurants that are just like it. There was a lineup, but we got seated quickly and delved into the menu. They have a deal where you buy two or more items and you get free chasiu or something. We didn’t go for that, but had fish congee, curried beef, chicken in black bean sauce and bok choi with garlic.

The congee was fantastic, but I was told it is usually better around mid-day. As for the curry, it was awesome, and the beef brisket was tender. The chicken and choi were also tasty. No complaints about the food. The restaurant was a little chaotic, but once you got past that it wasn’t too bad. The w/c was about what you’d expect as far as cleanliness. The service was a little slow, but that was because the place was packed. They were really trying to keep up.

All in all a good experience, and one I hope to repeat soon.

Recommended.

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Vera's Burger Shack1935 Cornwall Ave, Vancouver
You can't beat Vera's gelato?
Submitted Sunday, October 28, 2007 - 9:47pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were out with some friends and we were struck by a craving for gelato. Since we were in Kits and we didn’t want to hunt around, we hit Vera’s. They had a good selection and I ordered a blackberry and chocolate combo that I shared with my beloved. The blackberry was more of a tasty sorbet, and the chocolate tasted good. My friends had mango and pistachio, which were reported to be yummy.

The gelato was good if not great, and the price was right. Plus they upgraded me to a waffle cone at no charge. The service was very good, and the restaurant décor was okay if you like corrugated steel and picnic tables. I thought that was just fine, too.

Will I be back for a burger? I think so.

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Sushi Garden4635 Kingsway, Burnaby
Hawaiian Beef Roll
Submitted Sunday, October 28, 2007 - 12:44am [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were craving sushi after a movie, and we saw SG. It looked inviting from the outside. We wandered in and got a table. The menus were in tatters and the restaurant was not very clean, but hunger won out over discretion.

We ordered a few types of sushi and sashimi. One noteworthy item was the Hawaiian roll, which was a beef teriyaki roll with pineapple. It was very tasty, but disintegrated as soon as I picked up a piece. We also had the gigantic sashimi pieces, some decent nigiri sushi as well as some other rolls.

The ambience left a lot to be desired, and the service was terrible, but the sushi wasn't too bad. I am not sure if the food alone would bring me back, but I might return.

Try it if you like.

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Legendary Noodle1074 Denman Street, Vancouver
Has Potential
Submitted Saturday, October 27, 2007 - 3:03pm [Dine in]

I took Mrs. C and a friend to this place when I discovered that Café Europa (formerly Clove on Denman) is now a Japanese restaurant. I saw a local lounging on his bicycle nearby, and asked about the demise of the café. He said, “Why don’t you try the noodle place across the street? It’s great!” I thought this guy sounded enthusiastic, so we gave LN a try. There is no real signage to mark this place, and it was not easy to find.

We wedged ourselves into the tiny restaurant and were seated at a puny booth. I begged for a larger table, and was told that one might soon be available.

We ordered the onion pancake appetizer with peanut sauce and the chive stuffed pancake. Both were excellent, and I had some Great Wall wine to wash it down. I thought the only Chinese wine was mau tai, but this was a red wine. It wasn’t great, but when in Rome…

I had the lamb and cumin with sliced noodles, and my companions had beef flank in thin noodle soup and dumplings in thin noodle soup. This place is all about the noodles, and they didn’t disappoint. They were amazing, but the rest of the meal left something to be desired. All the dishes were WAY too salty. If they fix that, the food would be better.

The servers seemed like they wanted to be somewhere else, but they were competent. I found the ambience to be a little cramped, and the w/c was not super terrific. The cooking area is beside the rear booths, and it was fun to watch the cooks play with the noodles, so you get a show with dinner.

Will I be back? Probably, but this place could use improvement.

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King & I, The260 East Broadway, Vancouver
Congee for Me
Submitted Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 2:07am [Dine in]

Mrs. C dragged me out of the house so I could get some congee to cure my cold. We stumbled on this unassuming place at Broadway and Kingsway. The first question I asked was "do you have congee?" Since I got an affirmative reply, we sat down.

The restaurant was clean enough, and the server was friendly and quick. I ordered a beef and fish congee, and my ‘doctor’ had pork with preserved vegetables in noodle soup. The pork soup looked very tasty, and was reported to be very good. The congee was just right, with little bits of onion and ginger and of course beef and fish. It was extremely satisfying and I felt its potent kung fu kicking my cold germs away.

The price was right for this dose of traditional medicine, and we both left with happy stomachs. The only downside of the experience was the rather sketchy neighbourhood.

Recommended.

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Orchid Delight2445 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Okay Malaysian
Submitted Friday, October 19, 2007 - 9:05pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I tried OD since we were craving something spicy to ward off the chilly rain. We got a nice seat by the window and the friendly server came over and told us about the specials. They sounded good, so we had the seafood curry which had prawns and salmon, and the sambal bunchies, which was green beans with spicy dried shrimp on top.

We also had the roti canai with sauce and some coconut flavoured steamed rice. Everything was delish, but it seemed like nothing was outstanding. I guess you get spoiled living in a town with so many Malaysian/Singaporean restaurants.

We found the décor was nice, and the w/c was clean. Plus the manager kept asking if we were enjoying ourselves. A medium-good experience, but I don’t crave a return visit.

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Dutch Wooden Shoe Cafe3292 Cambie Street, Vancouver
dirty, but good food
Submitted Sunday, October 14, 2007 - 8:08pm [Dine in]

I took Mrs. C for a brunch at the DWS to see what all the fuss was about. We thought that since Cambie was completely closed (between 12th and 25th) that the restaurant would be empty. Despite the fact that the neighbourhood was an empty wasteland, this restaurant was packed!

We seated ourselves and tried to make sense of the encyclopedic menu. Lots of choices. I had the farmer's breakfast pannekoek which had lots of meat, 2 eggs and hashbrowns. Mrs. C had a pannekoek with ham inside and 2 eggs. Both were quite tasty, and were about what you would get at the big chain of Dutch pannekoek joints.

The service was a bit scattered, and the ambience was rather grubby and cramped to say the least, but I came for the food, and it was okay. If you can get past the obvious shortcomings, it isn't a bad place to have breakfast.

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North Garden Restaurant3355 North Road, #286, Burnaby
nice place, food could be better
Submitted Saturday, October 13, 2007 - 8:18pm [Dine in]

I took Mrs. C here for an early dinner after some shopping, since the restaurant looked inviting. Inside the décor was modern and comfortable, and the place was huge! I was expecting a good meal, but I was disappointed.

The server seated us after a short wait at the door to the nearly empty restaurant. I had beef with black bean on rice and my beloved co-diner had pork and preserved vegetable in soup with noodles. The food took a long time to arrive, and when it did it was not great. These were not complicated dishes! The portions were big, but I have to say the best part of my meal was the strawberry slush I had to drink. It was tasty. The rest was only barely okay.

The server seemed friendly, and the place was clean, including the w/c, but I came for food and that was not up to par. I agree with the previous esteemed reviewer that it is not gourmet, but it is very cheap. Well, at least that’s something.

This place has potential. Please make an effort.

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New Shanghai City Restaurant7506 Edmonds Street, Burnaby
The Real McCoy
Submitted Friday, October 12, 2007 - 10:35pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I wanted to treat our friend to some authentic Shanghai cuisine, and so off to NSC. Last time we went it was too crowded, so we settled for an inferior Szechuan place near Metrotown. This time we were in luck and there was a free table. The ambience at NSC seemed nice enough, and the service was slightly better than average.

We had the duck with brown sauce appetizer, Shanghai noodles (of course!), bamboo shoots in chef’s special sauce, and pork with sour garlic chili sauce. All were great, but the pork dish (garlic and spicy) was outstanding. The sauces really set these dishes apart. They were loaded with interesting flavours.

We gobbled down our meal like hungry wolves, and afterwards wished our bellies were bigger so we could order more. This isn’t the fanciest restaurant ever, but it is one of better choices in Burnaby.

Recommended.

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Pen Cafe, The319 Governors Court, #101, New Westminster
Prison Food? Not.
Submitted Sunday, October 7, 2007 - 12:19am [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I took some friends to try this place out. We were pleasantly surprised. The restaurant is in a nice building that looks like a little castle on the outside, and more like an office building on the inside. The restaurant itself resembles a Pantry or similar place, as did the menu.

We were seated in the nearly empty restaurant by our server, who was friendly and efficient. We started with calamari and an order of nachos. They were good, but the nachos were particularly noteworthy. I ordered a club sandwich and my cellmate ordered a lasagna. Others in our group had omelettes and one had a seafood pasta. All were good, and the portions were generous. A couple of us also tried the pumpkin/squash soup. It was okay. All in all a good experience for jail, but a little out of the way.

After the satisfying meal, we hope to be behind bars again soon.

Recommended.

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Happy Gourmet3700 No. 3 Road, #1080, Richmond
Cheap!
Submitted Monday, October 1, 2007 - 10:28am [Dine in]

I tried the deep fried calamari at this place based on the enticing picture displayed at the counter. While the calamari did not look as nice as the advertisement, it was hot, tasty and made to order, and came with some deep fried chili slices. I also enjoyed the complimentary tea, which was a bonus. Service was fast and friendly. A good and inexpensive way to meet the afternoon snack craving!

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Choppers Diner2545 Nanaimo St., Vancouver
Good Brekky
Submitted Saturday, September 29, 2007 - 11:40pm [Dine in]

I am always suspicious when I see a restaurant with a bunch of positive comments from people who only submitted one review, but on the strength of one esteemed contributor’s praises, I took Mrs. C for breakfast at Chopper’s.

The day we went it was half empty due to the massive road construction out front, but the server made a point of telling us that normally there is a line-up. After my meal, I can understand why. I had the English breakfast which had, eggs, bacon, hash and beans for 5 bucks, and Mrs. C had the Chopper breakfast which was eggs, hash and bacon for $3.50. Both came with Texas toast. I also sampled the chowder for only a dollar extra.

The chowder was terrific, if a bit small. As for the breakfasts, they were fantastic. The eggs, potatoes, bacon, etc., all were perfect. Even the coffee was good. It did take a long time for our order to get to the table. I agree that the atmosphere is like someone’s basement rec room, but whole place was clean, including the w/c. The server seemed a bit distracted, but she was cheerful.

The main attraction was the food. I came to eat, and the food was good. Now I know why bikers are so generously proportioned :)

Ride on in and get a good feed.

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Szechuan House4394 Imperial Street, Burnaby
Not bad
Submitted Saturday, September 29, 2007 - 11:20pm [Dine in]

A group of us were looking for Szechuan food in Burnaby and this place had a free table. In we went and sampled the cuisine.

The service was great, and the place was reasonably clean, including the unisex w/c.

We had hot and sour soup, lamb with green onion and chilis, beef with chilis and tofu, which were all quite hot, but nicely prepared. We also had some ‘not hot’ items including potstickers, wontons in soup, and shanghai noodles. All were fine. The tofu beef was especially good, and the rest were merely satisfactory.

This restaurant seemed popular and there was nothing wrong with the food, but I just felt that there was nothing outstanding to be found here. It was a good place to eat on a rainy night, but I won’t crave a repeat meal here.

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Riding the mediocrity train
Submitted Friday, September 28, 2007 - 3:51pm [Dine in]

I went for lunch with a friend based on the good reviews on this site. I wouldn’t say this is the greatest restaurant ever, but it is good enough. It is not cheap, but the rent must be huge for this location. I liked the nice décor and the excellent service. The food was only so-so. We had the prime rib burger which was juicy (my tie got the worst of it) but nothing remarkable. It came with a fresh but rather dry salad. I should have had the fries.

The location next to the Seabus terminal is convenient, and it is a good alternative to the SW restaurant across that way. They also have a parking lot nearby which is good for those who like to drive. All in all a solid but not amazing experience.

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Silver Palace Seafood Restaurant4818 Main Street, Vancouver
Okay for what it is
Submitted Thursday, September 27, 2007 - 1:15pm [Dine in]

I went to a family dinner with some of Mrs. C’s cousins at SP. They eat there all the time, and it is their hangout in the ‘hood. The restaurant is typical for a small Chinese joint. I found the service to be good, and the place was reasonably clean.

We had a set dinner this time, and it included lobster in cream sauce with noodles, steamed spinach with garlic, deep fried tofu, sweet and sour pork, beef and mushrooms with fungus (I don’t know the English name) and for dessert, black sesame soup.
All the food was okay-average, but nothing stood out. I have stated my objections to anything 'sweet and sour' in a previous review, so I won't repeat it here. Will I be back? Probably not. There are so many choices, and I can find average Chinese food at lots of places.

Go if you must.

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Won More Szechuan Cuisine1184 Denman, #201, Vancouver
Well, it's convenient
Submitted Wednesday, September 26, 2007 - 10:07am [Dine in]

I took my beloved spouse to WM because we wanted to try a new place and it was Mid-Autumn Festival. Since I had only seen reviews here and never been to the place, I called ahead for reservations. When I arrived, I realized that they were unnecessary. WM is a humble restaurant that does lots of takeout. It is nothing like Kirin or other fancy places.

The staff seemed friendly and the place was clean and comfortable enough. We ordered the spicy eggplant with beef and the sweet and sour pork. Mrs. C is the only HK person I know who orders sweet and sour. The eggplant with beef was delicious and had both fresh garlic and a light spicy burn. I really enjoyed it. Mrs. C devoured the sweet and sour, which was fine with me since I didn’t care for it.

The service was good and the ambience was casual. This is a good place to go for a quick meal. It is a little chintzy for a holiday dinner, so I am taking Mrs. C for a makeup dinner somewhere else tonight.

Recommended.

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Pho Tan Vietnamese Restaurant4598 Main Street, Vancouver
MMM, MMM, Pho
Submitted Sunday, September 23, 2007 - 4:31pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I Mrs. C and I were desperate for Pho, and we spotted this place on Main. We found it to be a small and pleasant. The décor was comfortable and clean, and our server was helpful with our choices. We had spring rolls with beef brisket pho for me and brisket and tendons pho for my beloved co-diner.

The spring rolls were excellent, and the pho was very good. No MSG, and hearty soup with noodles that were just right. Even the beef was better than average. One thing that struck me was how comfortable I felt in the restaurant. Some places make you want to eat and run, but at PT I wanted to linger. It was a great pho experience. Plus it didn’t cost much.

Recommended.

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Kam Do8391 Alexandra Road, #1140, Richmond
HK comfort food
Submitted Sunday, September 23, 2007 - 4:11pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I were in Richmond with some friends and were craving some HK food. Kam Do had what we needed. The restaurant looks small from the outside, but the interior is very spacious. We sat in a comfortable booth and immediately saw they had a huge range of menu choices.

I went for a lunch special which had spicy pork with eggplant, soup, and dong café for 8 bucks. I figured it would be like a mini meal. Wow, the rice dish was huge! It was like a dinner entrée, and needless to say I had leftovers to take home. The soup and iced coffee were okay but the pork dish was definitely above average.

Mrs. C and one of our lunch guests had pork and preserved vegetable in vermicelli soup. It was reported to be tasty but not outstanding. Another of our group had baked seafood spaghetti with tomato sauce. He kept saying “ho sik” between bites, so I guess he liked it.

The restaurant was clean enough (the w/c could be better) and the service was great. They also had a decent bakery which had the much–coveted tuna buns.

Overall a satisfying but not mind-blowing experience.

Recommended.

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Xiang Cuisine, The4850 Imperial Street, Burnaby
Dancing tongue
Submitted Sunday, September 23, 2007 - 3:59pm [Dine in]

Mrs. C and I always smelled the enticing aromas when we drove past this place, and finally we decided to give it a try. It was spicy-good!

The restaurant was clean and simply decorated with big tables, plain yellow walls, and a few random art prints. It was filled with diners when we arrived. We got our menus and a lot of the dishes were unfamiliar to me, but they all looked interesting. After some heated discussion, we placed our order. To say the service was fast would be an understatement. As soon as we ordered, I went to wash my hands in the very clean w/c. By the time I got back to the table, food had already arrived!

We had the cold beef brisket with red chilli sauce, lamb stir fry with green chillis, Hunan style green beans, and steamed rice. The manager advised us to go for medium hot, since we were first-time diners. Good advice, since “medium” was actually rather strong.

The dishes were hot (really hot), but very flavourful. It was as if the spiciness accentuated the underlying flavours. All the dishes were tasty and the lamb was especially good. Mrs. C and I had never tried Hunan cuisine before but after our first experience we will be back for more.

Recommended.

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Church's Chicken1175 Johnson Street, #200, Coquitlam
ghetto chicken
Submitted Thursday, September 20, 2007 - 3:17pm [Dine in]

I was filled with delight after a previous meal at Church's, and I decided to get some more. This time I tried the Coquitlam location. It didn't look very inviting: The place was surrounded by obnoxious teens arguing with each other, and one middle-aged drunk guy who apparently wanted to engage customers in conversation lurked inside.

The place was really dirty, but I ordered anyway. The server seemed a little preoccupied, but he was quick, which was good. After I scampered home with my food, I was in for a letdown. The chicken was overdone. Definitely not as good as at other locations, and my jalapeño cheese bombers were somewhat nasty, too. I won't even describe the Cajun rice. Church's sides are not great at the best of times, but this was a new low.

This location brings shame to an otherwise decent restaurant chain. I won't be back.

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